The "Voice of the Leathernecks" Larry Derry of Macomb will lead WIU's 1998 Homecoming Parade at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 3.
"Derry was chosen as grand marshal by WIU students because he shows so much commitment and enthusiasm for Western's athletics program," said Luis Moreno, assistant director of student activities. "We are proud to have him serve as grand marshal for Homecoming 1998, which has the theme Western's Wide World of Sports.'"
A 1959 and 1961 WIU alumnus, Derry has been the voice of Western athletics for nearly 30 years. He began broadcasting WIU games on WKAI (K-100) radio in Macomb in 1969 and holds a place in WIU's Athletic Hall of Fame and the Illinois Basketball Coaching Association Hall of Fame, both for his broadcasting talent. He is a retired teacher of the Macomb School District.
On Oct. 3, Derry will take his usual seat in the Hanson Field press box at 1:30 p.m. to do the live-action broadcast of the Fighting Leathernecks as they battle Youngstown State.
For more information about Western's Homecoming activities, call the Office of Student Activities, 298-3232.
State Senator Laura Kent Donahue was presented the 1998 Honorary Alumni Award from the WIU Alumni Association Sept. 23 during the annual Evening With the President and Mayor dinner, hosted by the Alumni Association.
The Honorary Alumni Award is presented to an individual who is not a WIU graduate but who has provided exceptional service to WIU and the community.
Donahue, a Quincy native, has represented Illinois' 48th Senatorial District since 1981.
"She is a very vocal advocate for Western Illinois University," said Gordy Taylor, associate vice president for alumni programs.
"Under Senator Donahue's service, WIU has received additional funding for agriculture research, infrastructure and programs. She sponsored legislation to expand the state's new interactive educational network, based at WIU, which offers instructional programs via satellite to school districts across the state.
"In addition to work in state government, Laura can be seen at many events supporting WIU and the region, including every WIU homecoming since 1981," Taylor added. "She has been an inspiring mentor for WIU students pursuing political or public service careers. She understands the vision of WIU and epitomizes the true tradition of an honorary alumni."
This is the fourth year for the WIU Honorary Alumni Award presentation. Previous recipients were Cathy Early (1997), Dick Miller (1995) and Dennis Iverson (1994).
In just two years, the WIU Honors Program has seen a 17 percent increase in enrollment.
According to WIU Honors Program Director Thomas Helm, there are several factors for the increase, including active recruiting.
"We've been doing a lot of recruiting in high schools and the Illinois Math and Science Academy and getting the word out on our program," he explained. "Counselors seem to be quite impressed with WIU and are beginning to realize this is a good place for their very best students."
Helm also speculates that the increase in Western's program is due to the rising cost of private and Ivy League schools. He believes students are looking into state universities that offer enriched curriculum at a much lower cost than a private institution.
"We can provide students with an education as good as the private elites," Helm said.
Another trend Helm is seeing besides increased enrollment is higher ACT scores from students applying for admission in the Honors Program. For automatic admission, students must have an ACT of 28. If their score is 26 or 27, they must be in the top 15 percent of their class, and with a score of 23 to 25, they must be in the top 10 percent. Last year Helm saw 16 students with scores of 30 and above in the program, and this year 31 students with scores of 30 and over were admitted into the Honors Program.
"We have some very talented kids in this program," he said. "We are attracting wonderful students to Western."
In order to remain an Honors student, participants must take at least one Honors course per academic year, and hold a 3.4 grade point average at 60 credit hours. Helm said the retention rate for the Honors Program is roughly 90 percent, and those who do not stay in the program still typically remain at Western to complete their studies. Transfer students are also eligible for the Honors Program if they meet grade point average requirements.
"One of our most exciting initiatives is the honors articulation agreements we've recently completed with the College of DuPage, Carl Sandburg College and Lincoln Land Community College," Helm said. "These colleges have honors programs; and if a student has completed the program at those participating schools, we will accept those hours here as honors credit."
Future goals of WIU's Honors Program include expanding the honors articulation agreements with other community colleges; creating an alternative honors designation such as "associate honors scholar" for transfer and pre-professional students; and expanding the community service component of the program.
"We are very lucky to have a university that is so committed to its Honors Program," Helm said. "Our ideas are met with enthusiasm and support from Provost Burton Witthuhn (who teaches an honors geography course) and Eric Stiffler (associate provost and associate vice president for academic affairs), along with President Spencer. The Honors Program certainly helps the University in its mission to provide a premier undergraduate education."
Martha Nussbaum, the Ernst Freund Professor of Law and Ethics at the University of Chicago, will deliver the 12th annual Mary Olive Woods Lecture at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15 in the Union Sandburg Theatre.
The lecture is free and open to the public. Look for detailed information in next week's Campus Connection.
Sabbatical Leave requests for the 1999-2000 academic year are due in the appropriate chair's/director's office by Friday, Oct. 16. Forms are due in the dean's office by Friday, Oct. 23 and in the provost's office by Friday, Nov. 6.
Administrative Educational Leave requests for the 1999-2000 year are due in the provost's office by Friday, Oct. 30.
Administrative Terminal Leave requests for the 1999-2000 fiscal year are due to the appropriate University vice president by Friday, Oct. 23.
The 1998 State and University Employees Combined Appeal (SECA) Campaign: "Give Your Vote to SECA" will begin at WIU Monday, Oct. 5, with informational meetings for this year's volunteers.
SECA is a once-a-year worksite fund drive that allows employees to contribute to one or more of the 15 participating charities through either payroll deduction or by writing a one-time check.
Departmental volunteers will distribute pledge materials to employees and will be available to assist you with any questions you might have regarding SECA. Pledges can be returned to volunteers or by sent directly to Human Resources, Sherman Hall 105.
Through SECA, contributions help provide numerous health and human services to thousands of people. WIU's goal for the 1998 campaign is $43,000. Give your vote today to make a difference to our tomorrow.
For more information regarding SECA, contact your departmental volunteer or Susan Creasey, Human Resources, at 298-1971.
Western Illinois University has established the following complaint procedures to demonstrate its commitment to non-discri-mination on the basis of sex, race, age, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, disability, or status as a Vietnam veteran. These procedures also fulfill obligations established by statute.
Any member of the University community who believes he/she has been discriminated against on the basis of age, sex, race, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, disability, or status as a Vietnam era veteran may file a complaint under these procedures.
No retaliation may be taken against any employee or student of the University who seeks redress under this procedure or who supports individuals in seeking redress. Retaliatory action shall be regarded as a separate and distinct cause of complaint under these procedures.
Complaints filed against the President will be referred to the Board of Trustees. In the case of complaints filed against Vice Presidents or other persons who report directly to the President, the President shall substitute for the "appropriate Vice President" in step 7 below.
Complaints against the Affirmative Action Officer will be referred to the President, who will appoint a neutral person to carry out the role of the Affirmative Action Officer as outlined below.
All complaints should be filed with the Affirmative Action Office and will be promptly investigated. Information obtained in the review of a complaint will be kept as confidential as possible. Individuals may also contact the Affirmative Action Officer to discuss possible informal avenues of resolution.
The following steps will be taken to resolve complaints that are filed with the Affirmative Action Office:
1. Complainants must file a written statement outlining the nature of the complaint, naming the respondent, and indicating the remedy sought.
2. An in-depth interview will be conducted by the Affirmative Action Officer with the complainant. Following this interview, the Affirmative Action Officer will determine if the complaint is warranted. If a complaint is determined to be unwarranted, the individual filing the complaint will be notified in writing. The complainant may appeal this decision to the President.
3. If the complaint is warranted, the Affirmative Action Officer will inform, in writing, the person(s) against whom the complaint is being filed, and will also interview that person to ascertain their response to the complaint. If an employee is a member of a collect bargaining unit, they will be informed of their right to contact a union representative. At the request of the employee, union representatives may attend all meetings as observers.
4. If needed, the Affirmative Action Officer will conduct additional interviews with the complainant, respondent, or witnesses to obtain additional information.
5. Where there are conflicts of information or opinion, the Affirmative Action Officer may elect conduct an informational meeting including both parties. The complainant and respondent will receive at least 3 days notice of this meeting. After notifying the Affirmative Action Office, either party may bring a person to serve in a supportive/observer role.
6. When the investigation is completed, an Investigative Report will be drafted by the Affirmative Action Officer. This will include information collected during the interviews and other relevant documents and information. This report will also include a finding of whether or not discrimination occurred. If it is found that discrimination has not occurred, the Affirmative Action Officer will notify both parties in writing.
7. If it is determined that discrimination occurred, the Affirmative Action Officer will notify both parties in writing. The Affirmative Action Officer, the appropriate Vice President, and other relevant supervisory personnel will then review the Investigative Report. The Vice President will determine what appropriate administrative action will be taken. The Vice President will inform the respondent of administrative action to be taken. If the respondent is a member of a bargaining unit, action will be taken in accordance with the appropriate collect bargaining contract.
8. Either party may appeal the decision to the President. The President's decision is final.
If disciplinary action is proposed as a result of a finding of discrimination, procedures required under relevant collective bargaining agreements, Board Regulations, or the State Universities Civil Service Statute and Rules will apply. The consideration of a complaint, including investigation of the positions of the persons involved, attempts at informal resolution, and the formulation of a final decision ordinarily will be completed within eight calendar weeks, exclusive of holidays, after receipt of a complaint. If consideration cannot be completed in the eight-week interval, the complainant, and other parties as appropriate will be notified as to the delay.
Approved: Donald S. Spencer, President
Date: March, 1997
Enrollment is up, classrooms are full, more day classes are being offered, a new slogan is in the works and additional computers are being installed to meet student demand. It has been a good year for Western Illinois University in the Quad Cities.
One year ago, WIU moved into its new Regional Center facilities at the former IBM building in Moline. After an extensive two-year renovation, classes began last August in the new building. Western had housed its operations at Black Hawk College since 1986.
"It has been a positive year. There have been some kinks, but now it seems like we've been in this building forever," said School of Extended and Continuing Education Dean Linda Stickney-Taylor.
Regional Center Manager Linda Wilkinson said all classrooms are in use four nights a week, and this year's WIU Quad Cities enrollment tops 1,400.
"We're still a largely nontraditional campus, but we are seeing an increase in the traditional age students. We are accommodating those traditional students by offering more day classes," Wilkinson explained.
J. Dougal Nelson, a senior business management major from Moline, will graduate this December from the WIU Regional Center after two years of attending school full-time. He came to the WIU Regional Center from Black Hawk College.
"Leaving my job to attend school full-time wasn't an easy decision to make, but I needed more of a challenge," Nelson explained. "I knew I'd get a good education at Black Hawk and WIU. Plus I was able to go back to school without taking out any student loans. That's something I wouldn't have been able to do if WIU wasn't here."
Nelson, who began his undergraduate education with Western while WIU was still housed at Black Hawk, feels the University's move to its own facility was a good decision.
"There's such a successful atmosphere about Western. I like being with others who want to succeed and who work hard," he said. "On a scale of 1 to 10, I'd rate my education at WIU a 10. I've received an excellent education, in a wonderful state-of-the-art facility."
Ed Hamman, counselor education professor, has taught at WIU's Graduate Study Center in the Quad Cities since 1988. The opening of the WIU Regional Center has afforded Hamman and his colleagues with an on-site counseling lab at the center, as well as additional classroom and office space.
"The Regional Center is a great place to work. Its offices, classrooms, distance learning capabilities, computer lab and library are excellent for faculty and students," he said. "WIU is definitely an asset to the Quad Cities."
In addition to adding a second computer lab and an industrial technology classroom, the Regional Center added new program offerings during the first year, including master's programs in gerontology and health education and promotion. A bachelor's degree in law enforcement and justice administration is also now available.
An aggressive marketing campaign to promote the Center's resources also remains a priority for Stickney-Taylor. Through marketing and advertising, WIU will continue to make it known to the Quad Cities area that the University is there to meet residents' educational needs. A new slogan designed by three WIU marketing students will be integrated this fall.
"Recognition is important. We want people to consider the WIU Regional Center when they think about a college education," Stickney-Taylor added. "Thanks to the public acknowledgment and support we've received from Quad Cities corporations and the city of Moline, we have been able to forge ahead and become the premier public institution in the Quad Cities."
Management professor Jim Patterson believes WIU has seen only the tip of the iceberg in regard to growth and student enrollment at the Regional Center.
"This first year has given the Regional Center its first taste of independence and identity. People are beginning to know we are here," Patterson said. "With a population of 400,000 people locally, there are tremendous possibilities for continued growth. In fact, many who might not be willing or able to leave the area to pursue their education will now seriously consider studying at the WIU Regional Center."
WIU Centennial Celebration Poetry Contest Deadline Extended
The deadline for submissions to the WIU Centennial poetry contest has been extended to Nov. 15, 1998.
There will be a $500 first prize for the best poem dealing in some way with WIU. There will be a second prize of $300 and a $200 third prize. The winner will read the poem during the Centennial Convocation April 24, 1999. The poem will also be printed in the Centennial Convocation program.
Poems submitted to the contest must be written by Western faculty, students, or alumni. Submissions must be postmarked no later than the contest deadline, Sunday, Nov. 15, 1998.
Send submissions and address inquiries to John Mann, Department of English and Journalism, Simpkins Hall 15A. Winners will be announced in April 1999.
Casa Latina Cultural Center offers conversational Spanish for anyone interested in practicing their Spanish-speaking skills.
The program is free and open to the public. It is held from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. every Wednesday, beginning Oct. 7 at Casa Latina (across from the University Union).
For more information, call 298-3379.
BCA to Present West Side Story' Oct. 5, Livingston Taylor Oct. 7
The Bureau of Cultural Affairs and Sodexho Marriott Education Services will present the musical "West Side Story" at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 5, in Western Hall.
Featuring a cast of energetic singers and dancers, "West Side Story" is set on the gritty backdrop of New York City. As two rival teenage gangs battle over their share of neighborhood turf, a young man and young woman from opposing sides and different ethnic backgrounds meet and fall in love. The memorable score includes "Somewhere," "Maria," "America," "One Hand, One Heart," and "Tonight."
Call the University Union Box Office, 298-1254, for tickets.
BCA will also present Livingston Taylor as part of its Series Elite events at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7 in the Union Grand Ballroom. Taylor will accompany himself on acoustic guitar, piano, and banjo during this live performance. Tickets are $5 for public; free for BCA season ticket holders and WIU students.
UHDS Seeking RA Candidates
University Housing and Dining Services (UHDS) is looking for student leaders to become resident assistants for the spring 1999 semester. UHDS is asking faculty and staff to recommend students who would be successful in such a position, and to encourage students to take advantage of the opportunity to become leaders within the residence halls and across campus.
Applications will be available in each residence hall beginning Monday, Oct. 5. Interested students need to attend an informational meeting the week of Oct. 5.
Applications are due in Seal Hall 136 at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30.
Call Judy Lisak, 298-3328, with questions.
IIRA Seminar Series
The next presentation of the IIRA Seminar Series will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13 in Stipes 501.
Cornelia Flora, professor at Iowa State University and director of the North Central Regional Center for Rural Development, will present "Measuring Community Capacity."
Dinner will follow the presentation. Make reservations by calling 298-2268.
National Depression Screening Day will be held at WIU from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8 with screenings every 30 minutes for students, faculty and staff.
A free, anonymous and confidential self-test, brief video, and screening interview with a counselor will be included. Screenings will take place in the lower level of Memorial Hall at the University Counseling Center.
For more information call 298-2453.
Campus Recreation offers Body Composition Analysis every Tuesday from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Student Recreation Center (SRC) for $5.
SRC staff is also offering a personal orientation on how to use the new Cybex equipment and/or cardiovascular machines. If you are a SRC member (faculty/staff/spouse) and are interested in the "Square One" program, call Bryce or Janna at 298-1228.
The next International Series presentation, held the first Thursday of the month during fall semester, is Nov. 5.
"Morocco: Come With Me to the Casbah!" will be held from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in Knoblauch Hall 239. Light refreshments will be served for a $1 donation.
Conferences and Workshops
All Faculty Development workshops listed below require a familiarity with the World Wide Web. These workshops are offered more than once; sign up for only one. Cal 298-2434 or cc:mail Nita Burg to register.
PowerPoint for Windows. 3 to 4:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2 Stipes Hall 309. Register with Faculty Development.
Sister's Lunch Rap. Noon to 1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 5. Memorial Hall 200.Topic: Being Empowered in a Violent World. Call 298-2242 with questions.
Library Databases Available Outside the Library. Noon to 1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 5. Library Computer Classroom. Register with Faculty Development.
Beginning HTML for Windows. 2 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8. Horrabin Hall 68. Register with Faculty Development.
Library Databases Available Outside the Library. 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8. Library Computer Classroom. Register with Faculty Development.
Library Databases Available Outside the Library. 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct.13. Library Computer Classroom. Register with Faculty Development.
Library Databases Available Outside the Library. 2 to 3 p.m. Friday, Oct.16. Library Computer Classroom. Register with Faculty Development.
Microsoft Excel for Beginners. 3 to 4:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16. Stipes Hall 309. Register with Faculty Development.
Beginning Adobe PhotoShop. 3 to 4:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23. Knoblauch B34. Register with Faculty Development.
The International Tearoom, operating in the FCS Corporate Dining Room in Knoblauch Hall 239, is open from 1:30 to 3 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday.
Desserts, beverages and music are available for your enjoyment. Don't forget to schedule your working groups, committee meetings, etc. if you would like a pleasant place to meet.
The Divorce Empowerment Support Group for female employees will be offered from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesdays, not 1 to 2 p.m. as stated in last week's Campus Connection.
The group will meet in Memorial Hall 227A and be facilitated by Cindy Draughan.
Call 298-2242 for more information.
Effective Oct. 1, all WIU student employees and graduate assistants may choose to receive their pay by electronic funds transfer. Electronic deposit is a safe and convenient method for employees to receive their pay. It is a paperless, electronic transaction through the federal banking system to the financial institution of your choice.
The ACH System is controlled by the Federal Reserve, and is safer and more reliable than paper checks. Lost, stolen and forged checks are eliminated. Some financial institutions offer free or reduced fee services for individuals who use electronic deposit for pay.
Additionally, electronic deposit is convenient since there is no need to worry about picking up a paycheck and taking it to the bank. Electronic deposit sign-up forms are available in the Payroll Office, Sherman Hall 221 and the Union Service Center.
When signing up for electronic deposit, graduate assistants will also be required to sign a form authorizing WIU to deduct key charges from final pay if WIU keys are not turned in before the end of the contract period. Call the Payroll Office, 298-1867, with questions.
Won Moo Hurh, sociology and anthropology, authored a review article on Kyeyoung Park's The Korean American Dream: Immigrants and Small Business in New York City, published in International Migration Review, fall 1998.
Janis Edwards, communication, presented "Photographs and Photo Ops as/in Public Address: The Clinton 'Crisis'" at the Biennial Conference on Public Address at the University of Iowa.
Tim Kupka, theatre, had three of his lighting designs produced at James Madison University in Virginia for two gala concerts performed by the Eisenhower Dance Ensemble as part of a grant-funded week-long residency. The pieces were titled "Catharsis," Bella Donza" and "Ceiledeh." Kupka is the resident designer for this dance company.
Ismael Maung, sociology and anthropology, presented "Female Labor Participation in Myanmar" at the Asian and Asian American section of the 93rd Annual Meeting of the Ameri-can Sociological Association in San Francisco.
Russ Morey, marketing and finance, presented "Preparing and Negotiating Bids" at the NAPMQuad Cities Industrial Supplier & Plant Engineering Expo in Davenport, IA.
Nicholas Pano, College of Arts and Sciences, presented "Perspectives on the Kosovo Crisis" at the Institute of International Affairs of the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. He was also interviewed about the current situation in the Balkans on local radio and television.
Jim Patterson, management, presented "Managing Your Negotiation Style" at the NAPMQuad Cities Industrial Supplier & Plant Engineering Expo in Davenport, IA.
Jeanette Thomas, biological sciences, chaired a panel of scientists in Washington D.C. for the National Marine Fisheries Service to recommend standards for exposure of marine mammals to underwater noise generated by human activities.
Robert W. Quesal, communication sciences and disorders, was a keynote speaker at the 15th Annual Convention of the National Stuttering Project in Atlanta.
Jeanette Thomas, biological sciences, received $2,500 from Naval Research and Development for support of editing the book Advances in the Study of Echolocation in Bats and Dolphins.
Dan Yoder, Dean Zoerink, and Dale Adkins, recreation, park, and tourism administration, received $25,000 from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources for "Study of Park Districts, Forest Preserves and Special Recreation Districts."
Tim Howe and Tom Green, agriculture, received $10,165 from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources for "Statewide Community Forestry Survey of Large Illinois Cities 98."
Jack Bailey, geology, has been awarded honorable mention for the Journal of Paleontology Best Paper Award for his paper "Neural Spine Elongation in Dinosaurs: Sailbacks or Buffalo-Backs?"
The WIU Foundation is accepting applications for two separate programs: fall 1998 grant proposals and summer 1999 summer stipends.
The Foundation annually distributes $10,000 in grants to faculty sponsored projects and research, with awards typically ranging from $200 to $1,500. Priority is given to proposals designed to positively affect enrollment; increase or maintain quality in academic standards; improve instruction; and support scholarly meritorious research and scholarly or creative activities that positively impact several areas of the University. Funds are limited; there will not necessarily be opportunities to present proposals in the spring.
Application deadline for fall grants is noon Friday, Oct. 31. Updated guidelines and an application cover have been mailed to deans and chairpersons. These also are available from the WIU Foundation, Sherman Hall 303, and through electronic mail. Contact Lu Hutson, 298-1808, for more information.
The summer stipend program has been expanded to include five new stipends from the Office of Sponsored Projects. It now includes up to ten stipend awards of $2,500 each, available for summer 1999 research, creative and professional enhancement.
The tenth-year program provides opportunity for selected faculty to engage in projects of significant scholarly or creative activity not easily pursued during regular academic sessions.
Stipends are awarded through the WIU Foundation, with line item support from Faculty Development and the Office of Sponsored Projects. The deadline to apply for a summer stipend is noon Friday, Nov. 13.
Application forms and guidelines are available from the WIU Foundation.
Call Hutson, 298-1861, for details.A University Relations Publication